Sunday, November 22, 2015


This is Estefanía, an on-the-run Sunday sketch created in the truck on the way to a hockey game.

Estefanía is not just the Spanish version of Stephanie, the name can also be used to describe something or someone that is beautiful, sexy, and smart (according to the prestigious and well-trusted Urban Dictionary). One could say, "When I look into your eyes, I can't look away because they are so Estefanía."

I'm helping my mother join Facebook today and she has mixed feelings. She's a little paranoid about it, but she'll love it. Ya veras.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Kiss for Paris

My Sunday sketch was done early this morning. I call it "French Kiss" for the people of Paris.

We're living in crazy times, my friends, but know that among the weeds there are many beautiful flowers...beautiful, strong flowers that won't put up with any sh*t! 

Do whatever it is you need to do to be safe.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Prismas, Inktense and Solvents

This is what happens when you experiment with more vibrant pencils; you go a little overboard...and turn an early 90s Michael Jackson sketch into a chica.

Last week I completed "Edge of a Broken Heart" (continuing with the 80s theme) in Inktense and Prismacolor colored pencils and I liked the effect.

I find that solvents, like Gamsol aka Odorless Mineral Spirits or OMS, can bring colored pencil artwork to another level. If you travel as much as I do, a blender marker will do the trick to blend and smooth out the pigment. It gives it a bit of a watercolor effect.

The Inktense pencils when mixed with water (or blender marker, if you're on the road) are the most vibrant of all, imo. I used these on her eyes and hair, where I wanted the focus to be.

It's all about experimentation and learning as we go. Sometimes it's a hit and when it's a miss, you roll with it. Last year I revisited one of my "mistakes" (a portrait sketch I kept in a drawer) and after a few weeks, I saw it differently. I liked it, posted it on FB and it sold within 30 seconds. It wasn't even up for sale; I just wanted to add it to an album.

I've learned to never underestimate my work. It's those funky pieces created from the heart that may speak to someone, making it a must-have piece.

PS - Happy Paint Party Friday!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Watch Me with Angie Castellano

Not long ago I came across a video of a woman giving makeup tips to promote a line of cosmetics and she had that big, wild 80s hair we all know and love, a heavy NY accent and a wonderful sense of humor. A real character.

Her name is Angie Castellano and she inspired this Sunday sketch I did in Prismacolor colored pencil entitled, "Watch Me." Yes, that's an azabache charm I added to her necklace for protection against the evil smokey eye.

I'll leave you with a little video of Angie in action in case you're curious. Yous guys will love her!

PS - And because this post is about makeup and color I'm linking it up to Paint Party Friday as well...where the party goes on all week. If anyone is interested in a custom portrait, please e-mail me at for holiday prices. The 6" X 8" fun-size portraits make great gifts!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

From Yoga Nidra to Samantha and Jeannie

Not long ago I participated in Yoga Nidra. Apparently, if you allow yourself to truly let go and follow the 30-minute deep relaxation practice, it's equivalent to getting three hours of sleep. Google it if you want; you may want to try this at home. (There's a YouTube video for everything.)

It was a group meditation with about six of us in a dark yoga studio with incense and candles burning, the instructor's soothing voice guiding us through the meditation ("...going up a mountain with snow gently falling...") and the sounds of construction (drilling, voices, pounding of a sledge hammer) coming from the office next door. Namaste.

My mind began to wander. The incense reminded me of my second grade teacher's perfume and I could picture the classroom...the girl with the blonde hair and freckles who sat next to me, my Scooby-Doo lunchbox, the walk home from school, watching TV before dinner, my favorite shows...and a few days later these two colored pencil portraits came about:

You never know where you'll "draw your inspiration" from. Now that sounds like a good title for my next series of sketches. See how it works?

It's not ADD, it's just a part of the inspiration process. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Road Trip with Dali

In January three friends and I decided to scratch The Dali Museum off our bucket list. We took a road trip from Miami to St. Pete where we toured the museum and attended a yoga class in a room facing the garden. It was there I began this sketch.

I erased a few lines, started over and completed the drawing today to make it my Sunday Sketch. It's entitled "Road Trip."  They say, "write what you know," and I like to draw what I know.

I included our traveling hookah and a tiny father and son holding hands inspired by Dali's The Average Bureaucrat. It's like a Where's Waldo search; it's in there.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sketchy Night, Fat-Bottomed Girls, Tamales and a Spider

This is what happens when you start doodling on a long, quiet Saturday evening in the house you grew up in while your mother falls asleep watching the story of Don Francisco on Univision. You end up with a freaky Sunday sketch.

And this is what happens when old friends get together at a cozy Cuban restaurant on a Friday night and sing a Queen song.

(Image has been posterized and resized to protect the innocent...and btw, we're all innocent. Please read disclaimer on the right if you believe you recognize anyone in the photo.)

I was in town to meet with a realtor now that the house is ready to show and I took the opportunity to revisit some of my favorite places, like the best tamale store in South Florida...a little green market on the corner of SW 73rd Avenue and W. Flagler Street.

Friday night at Sabores with old friends, 70s and 80s karaoke, Cuban dishes and's a big part of what I miss about Miami. Below are some of the characters that give Miami Springs its charm.

Speaking of charms, take a look at this thoughtful gift my mother gave me:

I adore it! Nothing says I love you like a spider in an amber pendant.

I'm back in Tampa and enjoying my new adventures here, but Miami will always have a special place in my heart, not to mention La Ciudad del Progreso.

Enjoy YOUR adventures and may the road rise to greet you! xo